Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition

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University of Toronto Press, Nov 30, 2012 - Political Science - 416 pages
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The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.

The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.

 

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Contents

Asymmetrical Federalism
Amending Formula
References
Social Cleavages
The Role of Ideas
References
Further Reading
What Is an Electoral System?

Individual Group or Class?
Politics as Anthropology
Politics and the Study of Politics
FROM THE REPUBLIC TO THE LIBERAL REPUBLIC HISTORY AND IDEAS
Feudal Society the Medieval Era
The Reformation
Synergy
Philosophical Works
Distrust of Democracy
Democracys Prospects
Whos In and Whos
The Judiciary as a Branch of Government
Type of Government
Further Reading
Majority Minority or Coalition
The GovernmentFormation Process
The Conclusion of a Government and Its Implications
Size and Structure
Madisonian Presidentialism
Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America
Switzerland
DIVIDING THE STATE FEDERALISM AND OTHER OPTIONS
Components of Federalism
Criteria for Evaluating Electoral Systems
Electoral Systems Considered
Electoral Administration
References
Party Systems
Organized Interests
Corporatism
Social Movements
Conclusion
Two Theories about Public Policy
Types of Policy
THE RULE OF LAW IN PRACTICE THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
The Legislative Process
Direct Democracy
Private
Rights
Automatic Justice?
Classic Liberalism and Laissezfaire
The Reform of Market Capitalism
The Welfare State
Going Forward
References

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About the author (2012)

Larry Johnston is the author of Ideologies: An Analytic and Conceptual Approach (1996) and Between Transcendence and Nihilism (1995). A legislative researcher in Toronto since 1998, he was an academic consultant to the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in 2006. He has taught a variety of politics courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Ryerson University.

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